ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (G-K)

Posted by Jessica Murray on April 30, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Your ancestor may not always be listed in records with the first name he or she was given at birth. Over the last few months, we introduced a series of blog posts featuring commonly-used nicknames that you may run across in your research. If you’re not finding your ancestors in the records, try searching for… Read more

5 Tips to Control Family Photo Chaos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on April 28, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

From the new book How to Archive Family Photos by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator How many photos are stuck on your smartphone? The tremendous growth of digital photography is a mixed blessing for family memories. Instead of one roll of film that might last through an entire vacation, with today’s digital photos there’s… Read more

Celebrities face the reality of Victorian life. 24 Hours in The Past Starts tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 28, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom

It is probably fair to say that as family historians we appreciate more than most the hardships that our ancestors endured to survive. We follow the paper trail, we read the documents and we try to imagine what life was like for our Victorian ancestors. I dare say some of us have even shed a… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Melissa Etheridge: Putting Time and Location in Their Place

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

In family history research, when and where your ancestors lived say just as much about them as their name. Understanding not just the geography but also the community your ancestors were a part of provides crucial insight into what their lives were like, as well as the types of records you should be looking for.… Read more

Where in the World are the Ancestors of DNA Circles?

Posted by Julie Granka on April 25, 2015 in AncestryDNA

While we often celebrate the discovery of the structure of DNA on DNA Day, today we’ll celebrate those who we got that DNA from: our ancestors.  We can also celebrate all of the people with whom we share DNA from those ancestors: from our siblings to our distant cousins. AncestryDNA DNA Circles™ recognize both our… Read more